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Volume Listing > Volume 78 > 'Everything but the squeal': the Milwaukee stockyards and meat-packing industry, 1840-1930

Geib, Paul E. "'Everything but the squeal': the Milwaukee stockyards and meat-packing industry, 1840-1930"


Everything But the Squeal: Milwaukee Stockyards and Meat-packing Industry, 1840-1930: This essay describes the evolution of of the meat-packing industry in Milwaukee and the city’s related growth and development. John Plankinton (1820-1891) and Frederick Layton’s (1827-1919) work to encourage the development of rail connections and stockyards brought meat-packing to the forefront of Milwaukee industry in 1880. Their careers are described, including the development of the Menomonee River Valley and the growth of the Milwaukee stockyards. The essay also discusses how the Civil War and World War One boosted the meat-packing business, summarizes the career of Patrick Cudahy (1849-1919), details the opening of improved stockyards on the north bank of the Menomonee River in the late 1920’s, and concludes with the eventual decline of the meat-packing industry over subsequent decades. (21 pages)

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Citation: Geib, Paul E. "'Everything but the squeal': the Milwaukee stockyards and meat-packing industry, 1840-1930" Wisconsin Magazine Of History. Volume: 78 /Issue: 1 (1994-1995)

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